Crime

Officials: Man downloaded child porn movies with girl, naked man

William Joshua Woodward
William Joshua Woodward

GULFPORT -- Downloads of pornographic videos of a girl and a naked man led investigators to a Perkinston man and then to his son, who has been taken into custody.

The downloads on Jan. 16 led to the arrest of 39-year-old William Joshua Woodward after investigators viewed sexually explicit videos also found on Woodward's computer, a Homeland Security Investigations agent in Gulfport said in a criminal complaint.

The federal case was unsealed after Woodward's initial court appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He is held with no bond pending preliminary and detention hearings.

A cybercrime task force that monitors online file-sharing networks reportedly saw multiple downloads of child pornography to a computer in Stone County last month. A Wiggins police detective who is also a cybercrime task force member obtained a subpoena for information from the Internet service provider to get the address of where the videos were downloaded, the HSI agent said. The person who registered the Internet service lives on Pasture Road in Perkinston, court papers show.

The detective also downloaded and viewed two videos that were movie files. One lasted nearly 52 minutes. The other was 4- 1/2 minutes long. Both showed a girl under the age of 18 with a nude man and they were filmed while participating in a variety of sexual activities, the agent said.

The detective allegedly had advised other officers that firearms could be present in the home.

Task Force members obtained a "no-knock" search warrant Saturday to enter the house without announcing themselves.

The man who had registered the Internet service reportedly told agents he had paid for the service for a computer his son had bought last summer and said the computer is in his son's bedroom and he's the only one who uses it.

Agents performed a forensic review of Woodward's computer and found sexually explicit videos with child porn on his computer, the complaint said.

Woodward was taken into custody.

Court records show prosecutors want Woodward held without bond.

He was brought before Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo on Tuesday.

Woodward requested a public defender and a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, court records show.

SunHerald.com is working on an updated report.

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